Max Kaminsky Collection

Max Kaminsky (September 7, 1908- September 6, 1994) was an accomplished musician at an early age, first playing the cornet before embracing the trumpet as his instrument of choice. He began his career in Boston before moving on to Chicago and New York where he could seriously pursue his goals and collaborate with musicians of the same caliber.

During World War II, he joined the Navy and performed with the Artie Shaw Navy Band as he toured the South Pacific. After serving in the Navy, Kaminsky continued recording and touring the world, and in 1963 wrote his autobiography, My Life in Jazz, documenting the initial portion of his incredible life story.

Although Kaminsky was not from New Orleans, his family believed his lifelong love of New Orleans jazz made the Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane a fitting repository for his materials upon his demise. The Max Kaminsky Photography Collection chronicles a fascinating life, with photos from his time in the navy, world tours, iconic jazz institutions and performances with artists including Eddie Condon, Jack Teagarden and Pee Wee Russell.